Long spring seat

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The Carolina Rambler

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 25, 2018
131
23
North Carolina
Hello! I figured I might would add to this conversation. I did a restoration about a year ago, and as part of the restoration, I had to recover a 1920s- 30s long spring seat. I did it all by hand, and it took around 15 hours or so I believe. Here is a link to my post, and about mid way down, you can see the photos of the seat I did. Granted, its not as good probably as a professional upholsterer can do, but it looks decent, and has held up for the past 100 miles of riding or so, without any problem. Comfortable too, and the only real cost in restoring it was about $20 worth of leather plus my time. All hand stitched from scratch, and done in the original style. Hope this helps, and I can provide additional detail and information later once I get off work. Thank you.

 
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the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,828
Planet Mongo
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The frame on this seat was much worse than yours. I'm surprised any of these frames remain, as the spring steel wire support didn't work that well. It easily fatigued with use and broke or bent, if the rider was too heavy. This frame was bent, badly rusted and the top rails were broke on both sides. I straightened them out and cut a couple 2 inch sections of steel automotive brake line and slipped them over the broken sections. I did this a while ago .
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I think I applied some J. B. Weld inside the brake line before I slipped them on the broken frame wires.[ No CABER can live without that stuff] I've ridden this bike plenty since then and it's held up nice. Look closely on the second photo and you can see the slightly thicker section on the top wire. It starts at the seat clamp bolt and ends where a chip of the black paint is missing, just above where the lucky seven curves. Your saddle will look nice. Welcome to the hobby.
My wife painted the seat-frame . Here's a picture of her, in her riding clothes.
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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
1,292
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Longmont Colorado
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The frame on this seat was much worse than yours. I'm surprised any of these frames remain, as the spring steel wire support didn't work that well. It easily fatigued with use and broke or bent, if the rider was too heavy. This frame was bent, badly rusted and the top rails were broke on both sides. I straightened them out and cut a couple 2 inch sections of steel automotive brake line and slipped them over the broken sections. I did this a while ago .
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I think I applied some J. B. Weld inside the brake line before I slipped them on the broken frame wires.[ No CABER can live without that stuff] I've ridden this bike plenty since then and it's held up nice. Look closely on the second photo and you can see the slightly thicker section on the top wire. It starts at the seat clamp bolt and ends where a chip of the black paint is missing, just above where the lucky seven curves. Your saddle will look nice. Welcome to the hobby.
My wife painted the seat-frame . Here's a picture of her, in her riding clothes.
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Nice fix! Turned out great and looks strong.
 
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piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
2,237
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Sanger, TX
Do u have replacements ? How much if u do?
if you are looking for parts for this saddle, try @patmcclerren2 he has a stash of long spring parts and may have what you need.

also, where @Miq mentioned not needing the zip ties, there are actually small clamps, that wrap around the main spring brace and clamp to the bolts on the saddle, above where the spring frame bolts at the rear of the saddle. I will try to get a photo of what they look like from my saddle.
 
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Ernest Varney

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 23, 2016
220
58
Nashua N.H.
Yes thats exactly wat ill need plus the springs as well cuz the originals are bent all up i think
 

Ernest Varney

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 23, 2016
220
58
Nashua N.H.
I dont know wat you mean i guess i need to know if this thing is worth the 95 bucks with all the problems im facing making it useable
 
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Miq

I live for the CABE
Jan 12, 2019
1,005
50
Arizona
$95 should get you a much better saddle than that in my opinion. I've never seen one like that, so I don't know how collectible it is, but that doesn't seem like something you care about.
 

Ernest Varney

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 23, 2016
220
58
Nashua N.H.
Ya i care about it i just like the look of the longspring seat but im thinking its not a good deal now that all the coments are coming in
 

Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
1,292
36
Longmont Colorado
Wow - stem included https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/prewar-seat.164928/

I like the look and sturdiness of this one
Spend a little more and get less headache https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/prewar-troxel-long-spring-saddle.163305/


Looks like you are just North of Boston. There's gotta be some killer swaps in your area. Look here: https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/w...suggestions-please.142790/page-3#post-1005176

Lots of Cabers over there too. Igrinnings for one. Handyman too.
Some folks have nice stuff they might get rid of not listed in the for sale section.
 
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STRADALITE

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2008
1,029
San Diego
I dont know wat you mean i guess i need to know if this thing is worth the 95 bucks with all the problems im facing making it useable
Not worth $95.
The springs aren’t correct for the main chassis rails among other issues.
And as I mentioned it looks like a girls seat.
 
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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,316
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The 1-piece springs look fairly unique, which make for a challenging special project; might not be best material match for a 1951 Panther.
 
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